I took the opportunity this week to take a break of sorts from French Fridays with Dorie. Well, not really, I still made a recipe (Nutella tartine, page 414-415) but it has to be one of the easiest recipes in the book (in fact it may just be the easiest)- bread, marmalade, Nutella and salt. I’ve been cooking a lot lately and figured I could cut myself some slack this week as it was “Cooks’ Choice” so we could choose anything we liked 🙂
Truth be told, I really wanted to make use of some of my Christine Ferber jams that we picked up in Alsace this summer (on Dorie’s recommendation) and this looked like the perfect place to use some of the “marmelade d’oranges sanguines et rhum” (Blood orange marmalade with rum. Ok then). On our last day in Alsace, we spent some time locating Niedermorschwihr (try saying that a few times fast) where Ferber’s tiny store is located. Err, yeah. We got kinda lost there, even though it’s basically only one street. Cathy had warned me that it was not easy to find and I thought she was being silly. I mean, it’s a one street village…. After going up and down said street at least three times (the locals must have thought we were crazy), we finally looked above the only open store we could see to spy the tiny sign…
Row upon row of gorgeous jams. And not just any old jam – how adorable is the “Confiture pour Monsieur: Cerises noires d’Alsace et kirsch” (Jam for the gentleman with Alsatian black cherries and kirsch) or “Framboises d’Alsace et chocolat noir 64%” (Alsatian raspberry jam with 64% dark chocolate). We bought, ahem, a few….
And I figured that rum and chocolate go well together so the blood orange marmalade with rum would work spectacularly with Nutella. I didn’t use brioche or egg bread (though had I been more enterprising, I could have baked my own brioche, I suppose) – rather a sourdough “boule” I picked up the day before. It’s a perfect recipe for sourdough as I found the tartine overall rather sweet (but not overly so) and wonder whether with brioche it might be too sweet. I guess I will have to make it again to find out… The funny thing is, I normally don’t keep Nutella in the house because I love it too much. Sadly (not really), now I have a little jar in the fridge, I will definitely need to make this again with a different bread and maybe a different jam…
Pretty much your perfect “sweet bite” either all by itself or after a savoury dish for breakfast/ brunch. YUM.
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